The 32-in-32 Series is an annual event here at DobberProspects! Every day in August we will be bringing you a complete breakdown of a team’s Draft, and insights into their off-season movements thus far. Following this up in September, we will dive into every team’s prospect depth charts with fantasy insights and implications for the
upcoming seasons. Check back often, because we plan on filling your hockey withdrawal needs all off-season long!
The 2021-22 season saw a year of progression for Anaheim’s rebuild. Young gun Trevor Zegras gave the world a number of highlight reel moments while a handful of other youngsters made their pro debuts and took solid strides in development. The team’s all-time leader in points and longtime captain, Ryan Getzlaf, has retired ushering in a new era of Ducks hockey. This new look is young and contains plenty of speed and skill, starting with the likes of Zegras, Troy Terry, and Mason McTavish.
Troy Terry’s confidence exploded on the ice as he scored 37(!) goals and added 30 assists, more than tripling his previous high in goals and doubling his career high in assists. It helped to have an additional 25% more ice time per game, but the American winger found his confidence and built on that throughout the season. Rookie Trevor Zegras led the team in assists with 38 and finished second in Calder voting.
Along with on-ice changes, the front office went through an overhaul during the season as the team hired Pat Verbeek to be the sixth General Manager in team history. Serving as an Assistant General Manager to Steve Yzerman in Tampa Bay and Detroit, Verbeek has plenty of experience rebuilding a team into a consistent contender. This Ducks squad seems well on their way to contending in a couple of seasons as GMPV made a number of moves to acquire future assets.
Newly appointed GM, Verbeek, sold off his expiring assets for the future, putting his stamp on the former Mickey Mouse franchise. He made multiple trades in the week leading up to the trade deadline, moving veterans Josh Manson, Nic Deslauriers, Hampus Lindholm, and Rickard Rakell.
In return, the Ducks received prospects Drew Helleson, Urho Vaakainen, and Calle Clang, along with three NHL veterans: John Moore, Zach Aston-Reese, and Dominik Simon. And, of course, the most important part of these trades: draft picks. Anaheim received a string of picks over the next few seasons, which include:
- 2022 first and second-round picks.
- 2023 second (x2) and third-round picks.
- 2024 second-round pick.
Round One, 10th Overall – Pavel Mintyukov, LD
The first draft pick in General Manager Verbeek’s tenure was a Russian (Bob Murray stayed away from drafting and signing Russian players). Mintyukov was the top-ranked defenseman in North America and you can find him all over the rink. Playing on a smaller ice surface in the OHL and getting the green light from his coaching staff, he showed off his skating ability and how creative offensively he can be. His 62 points were third among all OHL defensemen and he lit the lamp 17 times while adding 45 assists.